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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Lets Not To Forget Narges Mohammadi ............

Narges beside Evin prison ...
Narges Mohammadi Is The vice president of the " Centre For Human Rights Defenders in Iran " . She is sentenced to 16 years imprisonment for alleged charges created by regime judiciary " threat to national security" ????!!!. Which is nothing but defending human rights of all Iranian and thats the only crime she is charged with by the regime .

She said once : " You can't imprison our ideals " .

" I am not being sentenced to long imprisoned by accident or by a bad event , but alongside with the informed people of my country i have strived to achieve democracy and equality, and lets be assured that the day i am free , i will again continue for my ideals . These are our ideals : Peace , Security , freedom and equality for all ."


Link:
http://www.iran-emrooz.net/index.php/news1/69827/

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Friday, June 16, 2017

In The Past Two days Nine Bahai Citizen in Iran Are Arrested ......

Zaitoon website-

In the past days the judiciary agents have arrested nine Bahai citizens.
These nine Bahai citizens earlier were sentenced to imprisonment and were imprisoned .



Those arrested at their home by agents are:

Mojdeh Zahouri
Farahnaz Tabyanian
Maryam Dehghani Yazdeli
Houshmand Dehghani Yazdeli

Others who have sentenced to imprisonment were also asked via phone to attend at the prison.
These people are:
Sheida Ghodosi
Ponies Sanaei
Nazi Tahghighi

Today also two Bahai citizens attended at prison and they are :
Mitra Nouri and Parisa Shahid who are sentenced to 15 and 21 months imprisonment.


Earlier 22 Bahai citizens from Golestan were sentenced in the court to a total of 193 years imprisonment.

Mona Amri Hesari
Behram hasani
Pariahs Shojaei
Hana Aghighian ( from the city of Gorgan)
Shohreh Samimi ( Minoudasht)
Bita Hedayati
Hana Kooshkbaghi ( Gonbad Kavoos)

Rofiya Pakzadan
Sodabeh Mehdinejad
Shiva Rohani
Nazi Tahghighi ( Gorgan)

Kamelia Bidelian
David Moalem ( Minodasht )
Tina mohebati
All were sentenced to different number of years in prison .

Only Shaham Jazbani ( Minodasht ) and Sheida Ghodosi ( Gorgan ) were sentenced to 11 years imprisonment.


Link:
http://zeitoons.com/31172










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The Commemoration For Hoda Saber , Ezatollah Sahabi And Haleh Sahabi In Evin Prison....

According to the website of the Association of Human Rights Defenders the commemoration of Ezatollah Sahabi , Haleh Sahabi and Hoda Saber was held in the women ward of Evin Prison.

Narges Mohammadi together with other women political prisoners in women ward of the Evin prison commemorated the memories and activities of these three well known political and socio-cultural personalities .


Narges Mohammadi spoke about these three Melli-Mazhabi personalities . The late Ezatollah Sahabi was the leader of the Melli Mazhabi group and " Iran Farda"  Magazine . Haleh Sahabi was the daughter of Mr. Ezatollah Sahabi and Haleh Sahabi was murdered on the funeral day of her father by the regime agents.  All these three political personalities were on the fore-front of the reformist discourse in Iran.

After Regime not permitting the Melli Mazhabi party to hold the commemoration , imprisoned women together with Narges Mohammadi hold the event inside the Evin prison.


Link:
http://news.gooya.com/2017/06/post-4624.php


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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Request From President Rohani By The Captain Of National Football Team : Prepare A Condition So That The Women Can Attend The Stadium ....


Zamaneh Reported -



On Wednesday ( today) The National soccer team members together with coaches met with president Rohani after entering into the World Cup 2018 Russia ....

In this meeting the captain of the team Masoud Shjaei requested from the president to prepare a situation so that the Iranian women can enter into the stadium and watch the matches .


Mr. Shojaei said that ,  women make half of the country's population .

The video of this meeting and Mr. Shojai's request is also available in Zamane website.

He also said that, i have been playing for years in Soccer and perhaps i wish that my sister and mom will be able to come to the stadium and to see from close range when i am playing  .


Link:
http://news.gooya.com/2017/06/post-4628.php




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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

20 Flogged and Fined for Eating During Ramadan in Qazvin



Qazvin: 20 Flogged for Eating During Ramadan
Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Qazvin:
In an interview with Mehr News Agency, Hojjat ol-Islam Ismail
Sadeghi Niaraki stated: “The blessed days of the auspicious month
of Ramedan are now underway, and I hope that we’ll all be able
to benefit from this opportunity. May we have the chance to come
to understand another Ramadan and profit from the ample things
it brings.”
“As of now 90 cases have been put together for individuals who
have broken the Ramadan fast. Of this number, 20 were delivered
the day of arrest with the issuing of indictments to the special
court branch set up for this purpose. Their charges were
specially investigated that same day, and the offenders were
sentenced to flogging and fines. The sentences were
furthermore carried out,” added the judicial official.
Niaraki continued: “As in years past, the Qazvin court
carried out a measure without parallel during Ramadan
of this year, a measure welcomed by pious people and
citizens alike: striking back against those who publicly
ignore the Ramadan fast.”
“Per the codes and judgments of Islam, fasting is
obligatory for all persons. Individuals who are for
some reason unable to undertake a fast must preserve
the honor of the auspicious month of Ramadan. Preserving
this honor is an obligation for all, and thus all should refrain
from eating in public,” The Public and Revolutionary
Prosecutor of Qazvin continued.
Niaraki reiterated that “Unfortunately some individuals
engage in fast-breaking heedless of this matter.
Necessary actions have been taken against such
cases since the beginning days of this auspicious month.
Those who eat in public will be arrested. Should the
intentionality of the act be proven, cases will be drawn
up against them, the charges investigated, and such
people punished.”

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ITUC Global Rights Index 2017: Violence and Repression of Workers on the Rise
 

Brussels, 13 June 2017 (ITUC OnLine): The number of countries experiencing physical violence and threats against workers has risen by 10 percent in just one year, according to the annual ITUC Global Rights Index.  Attacks on union members have been documented in fifty-nine countries, fuelling growing anxiety about jobs and wages.

The report shows that corporate interests are being put ahead of the interests of working people in the global economy, with 60% of countries excluding whole categories of workers from labour law. 

“Denying workers protection under labour laws creates a hidden workforce, where governments and companies refuse to take responsibility, especially for migrant workers, domestic workers and those on short term contracts.  In too many countries, fundamental democratic rights are being undermined by corporate interests,” said Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary.

The ITUC Global Rights Index 2017 ranks 139 countries against 97 internationally recognised indicators to assess where workers’ rights are best protected in law and in practice.

The report’s key findings include:
§  84 countries exclude groups of workers from labour law.
§  Over three quarters of countries deny some or all workers their right to strike.
§  Over three quarters of countries deny some or all workers collective bargaining.
§  Out of 139 countries surveyed, 50 deny or constrain free speech and freedom of assembly. 
§  The number of countries in which workers are exposed to physical violence and threats increased by 10 per cent (from 52 to 59) and include Colombia, Egypt, Guatemala, Indonesia and Ukraine.
§  Unionists were murdered in 11 countries, including Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Mauritania, Mexico, Peru, The Philippines and Venezuela.

“We need to look no further than these shocking figures to understand why economic inequality is the highest in modern history.  Working people are being denied the basic rights through which they can organise and collectively bargain for a fair share.  This, along with growing constraints on freedom of speech, is driving populism and threatening democracy itself,” said Sharan Burrow.
The report ranks the ten worst countries for workers’ rights in 2017 as Bangladesh, Colombia, Egypt, Guatemala, Kazakhstan, the Philippines, Qatar, South Korea, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.
The Philippines, South Korea and Kazakhstan have joined the ten-worst ranking for the first time this year.  
Once again the Middle East and North Africa was the worst region for treatment of workers, with the Kafala system in the Gulf still enslaving millions of people.  The absolute denial of basic workers’ rights remained in place in Saudi Arabia.  In countries such as Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen, conflict and breakdown of the rule of law means workers have no guarantee of labour rights.  In conflict-torn Yemen, 650,000 public sector workers have not been paid for more than 8 months, while some 4 million private sector jobs have been destroyed, including in the operations of multinationals Total, G4S and DNO, leaving their families destitute.  The continued occupation of Palestine also means that workers there are denied their rights and the chance to find decent jobs.  
Conditions in Africa have deteriorated, with Benin, Nigeria and Zimbabwe being the worst performing countries - including many cases of workers suspended or dismissed for taking legitimate strike action.
The International Trade Union Confederation has been collecting data on violations of workers’ rights to trade union membership and collective bargaining around the world for more than 30 years. This is the fourth year the ITUC has presented its findings through the Global Rights Index, putting a unique and comprehensive spotlight on how government laws and business practices have deteriorated or improved in the last 12 months.

In South Korea, Han Sang-gyun, President of the Korean Federation of Trade Unions, has been imprisoned since 2015 for organising public demonstrations during the candlelight revolution, to prevent the now deposed Park government from passing anti-worker labour laws.
Trade union leaders in Kazakhstan were arrested merely because they called for strike action. In the Philippines, the climate of violence and impunity, which has proliferated under President Duterte, had a profound impact on workers’ rights.

Working conditions also worsened in other countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador and Myanmar.  
Argentina has seen a spike in violence and  repression by the state and private security forces – in one case, 80 workers were injured during a stoppage for better pay and conditions. The build up of the 2016 Olympic games in Brazil saw a significant increase in labour exploitation, and the dismantling of labour legislation by the new Brazilian government last year caused a sharp decline of labour standards. In Ecuador, union leaders were forbidden from speaking out and their offices were ransacked and occupied by the government.  Problems in the garment sector in Myanmar persist, with long working hours, low pay and poor working conditions being exacerbated by serious flaws in the labour legislation that make it extremely difficult for unions to register.
“The challenge is for governments to accept their responsibility to govern for people, not just in the interests of big business, by making laws that respect international labour standards.  Even under the most oppressive circumstances, workers will continue to organise unions, and it’s time that politicians stood up for them instead of trampling on their rights,” said Sharan Burrow.
The 2017 ITUC Global Rights Index rates countries from one to five according to 97 indicators, with an overall score placing countries in one to five rankings.
1. Irregular violations of rights: 12 countries including Germany & Uruguay
2. Repeated violations of rights: 21 countries including Japan and South Africa
3. Regular violations of rights: 26 countries including Chile and Poland 
4. Systematic violations of rights: 34 countries including Paraguay and Zambia
5. No guarantee of rights: 35 countries including Egypt and the Philippines
5+ No guarantee of rights due to breakdown of the rule of law: 11 countries including Burundi, Palestine and Syria.
ENDS
For more information and interviews with Sharan Burrow, contact Gemma Swart +32 479 06 41 63 or gemma.swart@ituc-csi.org
Read the report: ITUC Global Rights Index 2017: http://www.ituc-csi.org/IMG/pdf/survey_ra_2017_eng-1.pdf 
 
Download the ITUC Global Rights Index map: http://www.ituc-csi.org/IMG/pdf/ituc-violationmap-2017-en.pdf
 
Download the ITUC Global Rights Index Infographic – Violation of workers’ rights: http://www.ituc-csi.org/IMG/pdf/emc_ituc_a4_english__workersrights_1-3.pdf
 
Download the ITUC Global Rights Index Infographic – Ten worst countries in the world for working people: http://www.ituc-csi.org/IMG/pdf/emc_ituc_a4_english_workersrights_2.pdf
 
The ITUC represents 181 million workers in 163 countries and territories and has 340 national affiliates. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Friday, June 09, 2017

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL 
PRESS RELEASE 
9 June 2017
Families ripped apart, freedom of expression under attack amid political dispute in Gulf
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are toying with the lives of thousands of Gulf residents as part of their dispute with Qatar, splitting up families and destroying peoples’ livelihoods and education, Amnesty International said today.
The organization’s researchers have interviewed dozens of people whose human rights have been affected by a series of sweeping measures imposed in an arbitrary manner by the three Gulf countries in their dispute with Qatar.
“For potentially thousands of people across the Gulf, the effect of the steps imposed in the wake of this political dispute is suffering, heartbreak and fear,” said James Lynch, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Global Issues Programme, who was in Doha last week.  
“These drastic measures are already having a brutal effect, splitting children from parents and husbands from wives. People from across the region – not only from Qatar, but also from the states implementing these measures – risk losing jobs and having their education disrupted. All the states involved in this dispute must ensure their actions do not lead to human rights violations. ”
While Amnesty International takes no view on the political dispute itself, which also involves other countries including Egypt, Jordan and Yemen, the organization is seriously concerned about the impact of some of these steps on the rights to family life and education.
In a fresh blow to freedom of expression in the Gulf, people in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and UAE have also been threatened with harsh punishment if they dare to criticize these measures.
On 5 June all three states ordered Qatari nationals to leave their territories within 14 days, and announced that all of their nationals had to return from Qatar, threatening penalties for anyone who did not return within this timeframe. According to Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee, more than 11,000 nationals of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and UAE live in Qatar. Many Qataris also live in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and UAE. All are potentially affected by these measures. 
People with relations from other Gulf states are particularly at risk. Amnesty International has documented several cases of people cut off from parents, children and spouses as a result. 
One Qatari man, who has lived in the UAE with his family for more than 10 years, was refused entry and sent back to Qatar as he tried to return home to Dubai from Doha, just after the measures were announced on 5 June. His wife is an Emirati national and is therefore forbidden from travelling to Qatar, while his children are Qatari nationals and so are required to leave UAE. He is now separated from his family and does not know when he will next see them.
He described to Amnesty International how his wife had pleaded with the duty officer to see her husband one last time.  The officer said, ‘no way – just go back’,” he said. 
He told Amnesty International that he fears his employers in the UAE will dismiss him from his job since he cannot return and because of his nationality.
A Saudi Arabian man, who lives in Doha with his Qatari wife, told Amnesty International that he is unable to visit his mother, who is seriously ill in hospital in Saudi Arabia, because if he did he would not be able to return to Qatar to be with his wife and children:
“I go home, I can’t see my wife. I stay here, I can’t see my mum.”
A newly-wed Qatari woman told researchers she had been in the process of moving to Bahrain to live with her husband, a Bahraini national, when the measures took force. 
“I was so happy to marry last year… Before the ban, while I was looking for a job in Bahrain I would go there every weekend, to see my husband, my family, my house. When they did this, how could they not think of the people?”
Amnesty International also interviewed several Qatari students concerned they could not continue their education in the UAE and Bahrain. One student said all her classes in the UAE for the rest of the year had been cancelled with immediate effect.
A state’s power to regulate and restrict immigration is constrained by international human rights law, and differences in treatment between different categories of non-citizens can only be justified if they are necessary to achieve a legitimate objective.  Arbitrarily splitting up families as part of immigration policies violates the right to family life. 
Ban on expressing “sympathy”Residents in Saudi Arabia, UAE or Bahrain have been warned they could face harsh penalties if they make comments in support of Qatar.
Citing existing, flawed legal provisions, the UAE’s general prosecutor has announced that people who express “sympathy” for Qatar could face up to 15 years in jail; while state-controlled Saudi Arabian media stated that such expression could be considered a cybercrime offence. The Bahraini Ministry of Interior has also threatened anyone who shows “sympathy or favouritism” to the Qatari authorities either on or off line, with up to five years in prison and a fine under the Penal Code.
“These statements from governments with a record of repressing peaceful expression are a flagrant attempt to silence criticism of these arbitrary policies. Prosecuting anyone on this basis would be a clear violation of the right to freedom of expression. No one should be punished for peacefully expressing their views or criticizing a government decision,” said James Lynch.
Concerns over migrant workers in Saudi Arabia
There are also concerns that migrant workers employed by Qatari nationals to look after their properties in Saudi Arabia may find themselves stranded, unable to return to Qatar where they have residence permits – and becoming undocumented in the process, at risk of exploitation or arrest and deportation. Amnesty International has spoken to workers in this situation, who have little information about what might happen to them.

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states must protect any workers employed by Qatari nationals, including by facilitating the safe return of those who wish to return to their home countries or assisting those who wish to return to Qatar.

“Political disputes between states must be handled in a manner that respects human rights. There can be no justification for tearing families apart, suppressing peaceful expression, and leaving migrant workers abandoned and at risk. Arbitrary measures should be suspended immediately,” said James Lynch.
Background
Under the nationality laws in the countries involved, women are not able to pass on nationality to their children and as such children inherit their father’s nationality. This in itself is a violation of the rights to non-discrimination and equality. Holding dual nationalities is generally not permitted.
Amnesty International interviewed 35 people – nationals of Bahrain, Bangladesh, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE – affected by these measures. Researchers met the majority of these people in Qatar. Others, based in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, were interviewed remotely.
Public Document 
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For more information or to arrange an interview please contact: 
Tarek Wheibi, MENA Media Manager in Beirut on tarek.wheibi@amnesty.org or call +961 81 666 428
Sara Hashash, MENA Media Manager in London on sara.hashash@amnesty.org or call +44 207 413 5511
Out of hours please contact Amnesty International's press office on  +44 20 7413 5566  or email: press@amnesty.org  twitter: @amnestypress

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Thursday, June 08, 2017

فیلم دوربین‌های مداربسته از لحظه اولین درگیری در مجلس A video clip from the Iranian parliament... The video shows the Terrorists shoot at people by AK47 and hand gun from close distance....These four people entered into the parliament ( where the people meet their MP's ) as women and started shooting at people...The back pack in their hand or shoulder is contains explosives .......As a result of these attack on Iranian parliament and Khomeini's shrine 17 people killed and 42 people wounded....Our condolence to their families .....

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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/06/07/iran-deadly-attacks-tehran

Iran: Deadly Attacks in Tehran

(Beirut, June 7, 2017) – The two attacks carried out by gunmen and suicide bombers at Ayatollah Khomeini’s shrine and the Iranian parliament in Tehran on June 7, 2017, were despicable acts of violence, Human Rights Watch said today.

The attacks killed at least 12 individuals and wounded at least 42, according to Iran’s Interior Ministry. The Islamic State (also known as ISIS) has allegedly claimed responsibility for both attacks in the Iranian capital. If confirmed, these would be the first large-scale acts of violence claimed by ISIS in Iran.

Human Rights Watch expresses its deepest condolences to the relatives of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those wounded.

Every effort should be made to identify those responsible for the attacks and to bring them to justice. It is also important for Iranian authorities to fully respect their human rights obligations in doing so. The principles of human rights, including the rights of ethnic and religious minorities, the rule of law, and tolerance remain the strongest bulwarks against the fear, hate, and division that those who commit these attacks seek to sow.

For more Human Rights Watch reporting on Iran, please visit:
https://www.hrw.org/middle-east/n-africa/iran 

For more information, please contact:
In Washington, DC, Tara Sepehri Far (English, Farsi): +1-617-893-0375; or sepehrt@hrw.org. Twitter: @sepherifar
In Washington, DC, Ahmed Benchemsi (Arabic, French, English): +1-929-343-7973 (mobile); or benchea@hrw.org. Twitter: @AhmedBenchemsi

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